International Images for Science 2015

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The International Images for Science 2015 competition, supported by Siemens, saw almost 2,300 images submitted to the international open call across three age groups – 17 & under, 18-25 and 26 & over.

The International Images for Science exhibition features an extraordinary variety of images – from highly technical to highly conceptual, from entrants who are imaging professionals to those who are enthusiastic amateurs, showing subjects from the scale of atoms to the scale of the Universe. The exhibition showcases intriguing and awe-inspiring imagery, revealing the diverse ways in which photography records, documents and communicates modern science, often with images captured with types of light that are beyond human vision.

Almost 2,300 images were submitted in total across three age groups – 17 & under, 18-25 and 26 & over. From these, a panel of experts selected just 100 images for inclusion in the exhibition. From those 100, five were chosen for special awards that were announced at the British Science Festival in Bradford.

This year, for the first time, we are asking your opinion on whether the experts were right. Did they choose the right medal winners? You can see the 100 selected images and vote for your favourite on our Have Your Say page.

And if all this has makes you want to take part, entry is now open for the 2016 competition too – just click here!


Touring Schedule:


17 February to 17 March - Derry Millennium Centre, Newmarket Street, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland BT48 6EB. 

26 March–10 April - Edinburgh International Science Festival, City Arts Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DE

4th May to 2nd June 2016 - Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP. The dates there are 4th May to 2nd June 2016.

7–12 June - The Times Cheltenham Science Festival, venue tbc

Venues in 2015 included the British Science Festival (Bradford) and the Manchester Science Festival.


Selectors included:

Gary Evans (Science Photo Library)

Jon Poynter (Siemens)

Mary Rutherford (King’s College London)

Graham Southorn (BBC Focus Magazine)


The Society would like to thank the 2015 International images for Science sponsors; Headline Sponsor Siemens plc, Media Sponsor BBC FOCUS magazine and Print Sponsor Spectrum Photographic.

Sponsor links:

Siemens PLC

BBC FOCUS Magazine

Spectrum Photographic



For further details, and enquires about showing the exhibition email

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